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Bioreactor study secures funding


August 8, 2016
By Minnesota Department of Agriculture

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has awarded a Clean Water Fund research contract to a project that will evaluate the effectiveness of bioreactors in treating tile water.

Carl Rosen from the University of Minnesota’s department of soil, water and climate will research, demonstrate and evaluate the effectiveness of woodchip bioreactors for treating agricultural tile water. The project will be conducted using a unique, replicated field-scale experiment that allows analysis of two variables that have the potential to enhance bioreactor performance.

The project is unique in that it will carefully monitor microbial performance using genetic and genomic technologies, and modify properties that facilitate removal of nitrogen and phosphorus. Increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of bioreactors may reduce the cost and increase adoption of the practice.

For additional information please visit www.mda.state.mn.us/cleanwaterfund/research.